Drinks

Circles 2014 Coffee Mug

As much as I would’ve liked to, I didn’t get to make it out to the Circles 2014 conference. But hey, if I drink coffee out of their enamel coffee mug while repeatedly watching the short film they shot for it, it’s almost like I was there…right? Guys?

Monarch Methods Gooseneck Kettle

I’m starting to think my fondness for gooseneck kettles is turning into full-blown addiction—and I’m okay with it. The Canadian-made Monarch Methods pour over kettle is among the more unique ones I’ve seen, with its copper construction and handle-less design. You grip it by the tanned harness leather insulator rather than an external handle, giving you better control over the pour. The…

Fino Pour Over Kettle

We love a good kettle here at Tools & Toys—particularly the gooseneck variety—and this stainless steel Fino Pour Over Kettle fits the bill nicely. Nothing fancy about it really, just quality Japanese design and craftsmanship. I like that it’s so compact compared to other kettles. My only quibble is that it doesn’t whistle when the water’s boiling, but the lid does bobble…

Neat Ice Kit Now Available

In the middle of running a Kickstarter for their Simple Syrup Kit, the industrious guys at Studio Neat have redesigned their website and they’ve made their Neat Ice Kit available for public purchase. This kit allows you to make beautifully clear ice in your own kitchen. It involves an insulated, block-shaped ice mold that freezes water from the top down, pushing impurities…

Studio Neat’s Simple Syrup Kit

After a highly successful Kickstarter campaign for their Neat Ice Kit, the boys at Studio Neat are back with a new Kickstarter project: the Simple Syrup Kit. Simple syrup—a concoction of sugar and water—is great for sweetening both iced coffee and cocktails. We almost always have a jar of the stuff in our fridge. To use Tom and Dan’s words, the Simple…

Texas Tan Leather Coasters

Need: Volume 9 is out, courtesy of our friend Matt Alexander and his team. Plenty of great items and photography to gawk at, but the things that really grabbed my attention were these Texas Tan Leather Coasters. They’re handmade in Texas from English bridle leather and measure 4″ in diameter. But mainly, they’re gorgeous. These are the kind of coasters that will…

Takahiro Gooseneck Kettle

When it comes to kettles, you’ll have to pry the Bonavita variable temp gooseneck out of my cold, dead hands—but I must admit, this Japanese-imported Takahiro kettle has a certain classic appeal to it. While the Bonavita is the more convenient option to be sure, the Takahiro’s simpler design aesthetic is far more pleasing to the eye. The Takahiro kettle is $92…

Camelbak Eddy Bottle

I’m trying to get into the habit of drinking more water throughout the day. The Camelbak Eddy Bottle is a great way to do it, because: It doesn’t spill when knocked over (you have to bite the valve a little for water to flow). It has a straw so I can idly sip without having to tip the bottle. The loop-cap makes…

The Bonavita Variable-Temp Gooseneck Kettle is Cheaper Than Ever

The Bonavita variable-temp gooseneck kettle is one of our favorite coffee tools here at T&T, and one of the more popular items we’ve ever written about. If you still haven’t made the jump though, you should know that it’s now more affordable than ever, currently (as of 7/7/14) priced at $63 on Amazon, down from $90. We don’t know if this is…

Cuppow

If drinking cold brew coffee out of a mason jar is your thing, you’ll appreciate having a Cuppow around. It’s a BPA-free plastic lid that essentially converts the jar into a travel mug. You can sip straight from the lid or use a straw, whichever you prefer. There are a variety of Cuppow colors and sizes to choose from, whether you’re drinking…

Fill Line Coffee Mug

This 12oz coffee mug perfectly describes my ability to think or speak in the morning, before I’ve finished my first cup. In case you can’t read them in the photo above, here are the three fill lines hand-painted and heat-cured onto the side of the mug: “unable to communicate in full sentences” under first line “slightly more coherent but still unable to…

Vapur Element Travel Water Bottle

I’m the type of guy that likes to carry a water bottle wherever I go. I’m a lot less likely to go out and buy a sweet drink if I’ve got some water with me, and refilling the same bottle over and over helps me use fewer disposable containers. That’s why the Vapur Element collapsible water bottle is perfect for me. It…

Half-Pint Leather Jar Sleeve

Matt Pierce runs the blog/shop Wood&Faulk, where he tinkers and experiments with various ideas for leather items. Sometimes those experiments turn into actual products, which is the case with the half-pint leather jar sleeve. Made of English bridle leather, these sleeves are designed to fit over half-pint mason jars. Drinking hot beverages out of jars has come back in style, and Matt’s…

Soma Water Filter

The majority of water-filter pitchers out there are terrible (or at best, uninspired) but that doesn’t have to be the case. Enter the Soma water filter, which is a beautiful and eco-friendly water filter that puts the competition to shame. Made of sustainable materials—including burnt coconut shell and a plant-based, bio-degradable casing—Soma is the first water filter I’ve heard of that is…

LifeStraw Go

LifeStraw Go is essentially a sports water bottle, but with a crazy-good filter built in. You can use it to scoop up water from just about anywhere in the world and then safely drink it through the mouthpiece. By the time the water has made it up the straw, the filter has already removed 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne…

Nespresso Aeroccino 3

Before the coffee geeks cry out with indignation: yes, I realize I am linking to a Nespresso product and Nespresso is a blight on the coffee-making world, but this is not one of their wasteful coffee pod contraptions. No, the Aeroccino 3 – no relation to the AeroPress – is merely a milk frothing machine, and a good one at that. It…

Stelton Vacuum Jug

One of my favorite ways to take my coffee on-the-go is with my Contigo Autoseal Tumbler. It keeps hot drinks hot for several hours, and cold drinks cold for half the day (not that it takes me that long to drink my coffee, of course). It only holds 16oz of liquid though, so if I’m having the kind of day where I’m…

Neat Ice Kit

The guys at Studio Neat, makers of the Glif tripod mount for the iPhone and the Cosmonaut stylus for iPad, are putting on another Kickstarter for a…*cough*…neat kit for making super-clear ice at home. It uses an insulated, block-shaped ice mold to freeze water from the top down, pushing impurities to the bottom. The resulting ice block looks like this: Using the…

MaCool

There’s a Kickstarter campaign happening right now for a product called MaCool, which is basically an insulated cooler designed to look like the original Macintosh. This thing may end up getting sued into oblivion by Apple, but I couldn’t resist posting it because, well, just look at it! Now, if only it let you play Oregon Trail… Thanks, Alex!

Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher

I’m a big fan of infused drinks in the summer. Often, drinks with a strong flavor can be the opposite of refreshing. This Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher is the perfect tool for the job. The 2.9-quart, BPA-free acrylic pitcher is built around a removable, hollow core that can be filled with fruits, herbs and other goodies. This construction is great to look…

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